VINES stands for Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments
Their website is www.VinesGardens.org
Three VINES locations in Downtown Binghamton:
To tour VINES urban farm and compare it to their community garden. To get a better understanding of what we can do with the Endwell site.
Located at 16 Tudor St, in Binghamton. Currently 0.5 acre, with plans to grow to 2.5 acres by 2019.
This site grows food for under-served groups within the community. Food is given away or sold at reduced prices. The revenue is put back into the project to continue to make it grow.
Last year it served 150 people with basic veggies.
There is a youth program here, run by OASIS. It lasts 6 weeks each summer and is wildly popular.
The farm grows basic veggies so that people know them and want to eat them. There's also a perrenial garden to educate people and attract pollinators.
PINE ST COMMUNITY GARDEN:
Located on Pine St in Binghamton.
Houses 24+ raised beds - some built using pressure treated pine and others using Black Locust wood, which can last 40+ years. It costs $20 per bed per year to rent. Scholarships & seeds are available for those in need.
Having a dedicated, available garden coordinator is crucial. In this case, the coordiantor is Pauline, who lives directly across the street. Found out that 80% of renters are within walking distance and that keeping "return customers" is critical to keeping the garden vibrant & full.
VINES allocates a budget of $300 per garden per year for incidentals. Need to find someone to cut grass and keep garden area tidy.
Talked about FENCING here. Everyone agrees that we need either a 8-10' fence or a two fence system that discourages jumpers. Either way, this is the single largest start-up cost we'll incur.
COLUMBUS PARK COMMUNITY GARDEN:
Located at Columbus Park in Binghamton.
First VINES garden. Now under total reconstruction so that they can apply what they've learned over the last 7 years to this original location.
One important comment here: Do NOT build any structures or install any sheds. These are targets for vandalism. Use plastic tool chests instead - they seem far less interesting to vandals.
Jason continues to work with Town of Union board member, Rob Mack, to finalize the land transfer and the water supply. After that he'll work with the County to see if there's any old fencing available to use toward our fences.
We're a group of local volunteers who have banded together to create a community garden. We meet frequently and are always looking for additional help.